Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas  {Hjem Til Jul}
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Home for Christmas
Hjem Til Jul
Norway, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany / Sweden
Topics: Black Comedy, Drama
Program: Modern Masters
Language: Norwegian English Sub-Titles

Anyone who has seen his Eggs, Kitchen Stories or O’Horten knows that Norwegian writer-director Bent Hamer has a gift for understated humor that is hilarious, charming and pointedly moving all at the same time. These three traits are in abundance in this multi-character piece set in the snowy streets and environs of the metropolis of Skogli (pop. 1,236) at Christmas time. Hamer builds affecting vignettes around each of his characters—two kids who meet while window shopping on Christmas eve; an adulterous middle-aged couple; a “derelict” tossed from a train; a disheveled cuckold on a visit to his doctor; and more—and then masterfully brings the various narrative threads together in his trademark deadpan fashion.

Hamer and his gang of malcontents take that peculiar Christmas-time combination of anxiety and expectation, hope and depression and then transform them into a wonderfully humanist salute to all that is good in humankind. (And don’t be put off by the opening scene—its harrowing moments serve to set up the delights that follow and hold a retrospective mirror to them.)

DIRECTOR: Bent Hamer
Producer: Bent Hamer
Editor: Pål Gengenbach, Silje Norseth
Screenwriter: Bent Hamer
Cinematographer: John Christian Rosenlund
Music: John Erik Kaada
Principal Cast: Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Fridtjof Såheim, Nina Andresen Borud, Reidar Sørensen, Ingunn Beate Oyen
Filmography: O’Horten (2008), Factotum (2005), Kitchen Stories (2003), Water Easy Reach (1998), Eggs (1995)
Print Source: The Match Factory - www.the-match-factory.com

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